Late Goals Hand Monsters Fourth Loss

Photos courtesy of Darren Abate
It looked as though the Lake Erie Monsters might snap their three-game losing streak as they led the San Antonio Rampage late in the third period on Wednesday.

But a :26 second span would change that, when the Monsters allowed a pair of Rampage goals, one at 15:47 of the third, then another at 16:13. An empty-netter eventually secured the 4-2 Rampage win in San Antonio.

The Monsters are now 2-3-0-1 this season and have lost all four of the games they have played so far in their six-game, nine-day road trip. Lake Erie was playing the second half of a back-to-back on Wednesday, having played in Oklahoma City the previous night.

Wednesday's match with San Antonio was the second in three days against the Rampage. Lake Erie fell 3-2 in a shootout in Texas on Sunday.

It took nearly two full quarters before either team would find the back of the net on Wednesday. The Monsters outshot the Rampage, 12-8, in the first period, but neither team was able to capitalize.

It looked as though the second period could go scoreless as well until Mark Olver finally put the Monsters on the board. His goal at 17:26 of the second period was assisted by Ray Macias and Greg Mauldin. Olver was playing in his first game with the Monsters, having been with the Colorado Avalanche until Tuesday. The assist was Macias' first point of the year, while Mauldin has now recorded a point in four of Lake Erie's six games so far this season.

Just before the intermission, Mikkel Boedker evened the game, scoring at 19:50. Brett MacLean and Tim Stapleton were credited with the helpers for the Rampage. The first period ended with a 1-1 tie.

Matt Ford put the Monsters back up with his goal 5:18 into the third period. He was assisted by Mike Carman and Justin Mercier. Ford has posted points in four of the Monsters six games this year and leads the team with five points (3G, 2A). It was Carman and Mercier's first points since the first game of the season on October 8th.

Ten more minutes went by with the Monsters leading 2-1, until MacLean knotted the score with his power play goal at 15:47. Boedker and Mathieu Beaudoin assisted.

San Antonio took the lead for good just a mere :26 seconds later when Bracken Kearns scored at the 16:13 mark. The goal was assisted by Alexandre Picard and Kearns.

The Monsters pulled goalie John Grahame in favor of an extra attacker in the last minute and the Rampage took advantage, scoring on the empty net and sealing the 4-2 win.

Grahame had 30 saves on the 33 shots he faced in net for Lake Erie. San Antonio goalie Matt Climie posted 31 saves on 33 shots.

Lake Erie will continue their road trip in Texas on Friday when they play the Stars at 8:30 p.m. ET and will wrap up the swing on Sunday in Houston.


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